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A Japanese Touch for Your Home by Koji Yagi

By Koji Yagi

Choked with dependent designs and smart counsel, A jap contact on your Home bargains daring and intriguing rules for reworking your house or adorning your condominium. the writer, architect Koji Yagi, explains the fundamental parts of eastern inside layout and indicates you ways to take advantage of them.

Install tatami mats and shoji doors-cardinal parts of eastern inside design-and see how superbly they reply to the Western domestic. switch the scale and form of a room simply and tastefully with bamboo monitors and movable walls. construct an easy Japanese-style alcove, beautify it with anything specific, after which flaunt it. try out a few eastern lighting fixtures techniques-low, gentle, and lovely. swap the temper of a room, and alter your manner of issues.

A jap contact to your Home contains even more. sensible, approachable, and actual, it's written by means of a well known eastern architect interested in the calls for of up to date existence, and the solutions that conventional eastern layout has to provide.

Over a hundred and twenty colour plates taken via a number one eastern photographer accompany the educated textual content. furthermore, over two hundred black and white sketches, flooring plans, and a piece on home made tasks make this a publication that would pique your wish to be artistic after which assist you satisfy it. a pragmatic advisor for owners, inside designers, and those that prefer to paintings with their heads and their fingers, this publication will introduce you to a brand new lifestyle.

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Bedding for guests is stored in the closet area next to the tatami. (For a close-up of the study, see Pl. ) 56. A split-level arrangement gives this living room an unusual versatility. Guests may be entertained either in the lower zone furnished with chairs, or the upper zone furnished with tatami and cushions. In addition, the plain wood ledge just beyond the tatami may be transformed into a bench and used with either zone. 57. The multi-purpose potential of tatami is particularly suitable for a cabin in the mountains.

Tatami benches. 62. Borderless half-tatami mats 64. A tatami dais 45 TATAMI MATS In the Japanese home tatami mats are used as a surface for sit­ ting, sleeping, and walking on. Light enough to be carried by an adult, mats are composed of a thick rice straw core, a soft reed cover, and two borders of cloth or synthetic tape which protect the sides. Tatami are approximately 3 feet by 6 feet, about the size of a single bed, and l 3/4-2 1/2 inches thick. Tatami evolved over a long period, first beginning as a thin, easily folded straw mat on which people sat or slept.

95. Natural materials alone are used. 96. Natural-colored clay is preferred for the walls. 97. The ideal tea room is surrounded by nature. 98. Simple lines and intricate patterns coexist harmoniously. 99. Natural lighting is the only source of illumination 61 THE ROOM FOR THE TEA CEREMONY Host and guests at a tea ceremony. Plan of eight-tatami mat tea room of the Urasenke Foundation. Plan of Tai-an, a two-tatami mat tea room. Cross section of Tai-an. Guests enter by crawling through a narrow, low entrance.

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